Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma. The knowledge I secure not only helps myself, but can also help others gain a better footing in their own battles with COPD and/or severe Asthma.
With all that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help remind people, both those affected by the disease and those family and friends that surround them, of the ideas, research, diagnoses, game-plans and all that goes with keeping the battles at a distance.
Today we discuss or refresh your knowledge with the second of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.
‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with COPD as having a a proper diet will go a long way in protecting the lung function needed for breathing.
A few good reasons that nutrition and a very healthy diet are important is:
>> an increase of energy is needed for the increased work of breathing
>> an unplanned weight loss from poor nutrition/diet can cause further weakening respiratory muscles
>> maintaining good nutrition/diet can help prevent further infections
>> poor nutrition or diet can worsen COPD symptoms as well as decrease the lungs tolerance to infections
Other areas for discussion when discussing the foundations of proper nutrition/diet for those with COPD would be:
>> what a person should know of potential food and/or drug interactions
>> the importance of vitamins/minerals in relation to lung diseases
>> the breaking of a vicious cycle of unplanned weight loss or gain
>> the needed planning tips for saving energy and reducing shortness of breath
>> the nutritional recommendations for fighting fatigue
Reflection Question – What is it about Nutrition that you find is the most important in your battles with COPD and/or severe Asthma?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)
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